Expert Witness Institute – Singapore Branch

Posted on 19/07/2019 · Posted in Arbitration, Expert Information, Expert Witness, Mediation

About EWI Singapore – Message from the President – Conference

About EWI Singapore

EWI Singapore was officially registered with the Singapore Registry of Societies on 19 May 2019.

The first organisation of its kind in Singapore, EWI Singapore will support the growing body of professionals providing expert witness services to courts and tribunals in Singapore and across Asia. EWI Singapore will serve the burgeoning Asian legal market with plans to increase the number of accredited expert witnesses available to share their knowledge with lawyers across a wide range of sectors including construction and finance.

EWI Singapore’s founding committee of experts and dispute resolution practitioners is led by President, Professor Leslie Chew SC and Vice President, Mr Chan Leng Sun SC.

Its objects are:

  1. To provide support to and an organisation for experts, appearing in Courts and Tribunals in South East Asia, of all professional disciplines and other occupations requiring skills and judgement.
  2. To provide training for experts, who provide reports for Courts and Tribunals in South East Asia, whether by way of courses, seminars, conferences or otherwise to maintain and enhance high professional standards in expert witnesses and their status.
  3. To act as a voice for expert witnesses, which may include communicating to the media factual information concerning its work or court cases its members are involved in.
  4. To encourage lawyers to make use of experts wherever specialised knowledge is required.
  5. To work actively with other Professional Bodies and Associations to ensure that any of their members who wishes to be an expert witness has the necessary education, training, support and ability.
  6. To carry on any trade or business which can, in the opinion of the Committee, be advantageously carried on by the Society, and to do all such other things as are incidental to, or which the Society may think conducive to the achievement of the objects of the Society.
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Message from Professor Leslie Chew – Founding President of EWI Singapore Committee

“Dear Friends,

I am very pleased to announce that Expert Witness Institute Singapore has been formally registered as a society with effect from 19 May 2019.

Professor Leslie Chew

In the coming months, the inaugural committee plans to launch a recruitment drive for membership and we hope that many of you will join EWI Singapore. Also, we have begun planning for a Conference to be held in October 2019. So, please look out for the details soon.

As founding President, let me share with you my vision for the Institute. When first approached by one of the Governors of EWI London about the setting up of a branch in Singapore, I was excited over the prospect. Personally, I have believed for many years, that Singapore should have an independent body to cater to the training and accreditation of practicing experts. I believe that this is perhaps the last piece that needed to be added to Singapore’s comprehensive offering of dispute resolution services.

Now that EWI Singapore has been established as a branch of EWI London, I am excited that we will be able to be the agency that will add the last piece to Singapore’s offering of dispute resolution services.

In time to come, we hope that EWI Singapore will be the agency that lawyers and their clients will turn to when they need to engage Experts. To that end, It is also the intention to establish a training framework for local professionals who aspire to practice as Experts.

Ultimately, the aim is to have EWI Singapore recognised as a premier agency for the appointment of qualified and reputable Experts.

We urge our fellow Singaporeans and Singapore residents from all professions to support us to fulfil the objectives of EWI Singapore.

Look out for an announcement on our inaugural Conference shortly!

Thank you.

Prof Leslie Chew SC
Founding President
On behalf of the EWI Singapore Committee

Conference to be held on 15th October 2019

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